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    The Saugus Nature Trail was declared a national recreation trail in 1989.

    It starts near the blacksmith shop and follows the eastern bank of the Saugus River for approximately half a mile.

    Find it on the map.

    The trail is a rough, undeveloped path, one to four feet wide and is partially accessible to people with mobility challenges.

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    Audio Transcript

    Hello, and welcome to Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Incorporated into the National Park Service in 1968, this 12-acre historic site is best known for its significance as the first successful iron manufacturing site in the British colonies of North America. The iron works was in operation from about 1646 to 1670.

    Today, it’s a great place to experience history, with its reconstructed mill buildings, elaborate system of waterwheels, and extensive collection of archeological resources, all which work together to bring alive this 17th century iron works.

    But it’s also a great place to learn about nature and our relationship with environment. One of the best places to learn about nature at Saugus Iron Works is on the Nature Trail. There’s lots of opportunities to observe plants, wildlife, and their interactions with each other and the environment, which will be the focus of this program. If you want to learn more about the history of Saugus Iron Works, check out our website by clicking on the link below.

    A Note to Teachers

    This program aligns with Massachusetts Curriculum Framework - Science and Technology/Engineering - Grades 3-5 

    Earth and Space Sciences


    Life Science 

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